Landseer Dog Breed Training
To teach the broad jump the system is practically the same. Begin with a jump of not more than two feet, which, as in stepping over the hurdle, you take with the dog. Use the leash or cord as you did in the highjumping lessons, and as an added precaution set the obstacle at right angles to a wall or the side of a building and tightly against it. When Jock jumps the full four or six feet required for his breed without either leash or cord, it is only a matter of perfecting his form. If he is sloppy about clearing the distance cleanly over the broadjump obstacle or the highjump hurdle do as is done at the horseracing tracks put a little brush from one of your small shrubs on the barrier. Jock will not fancy the feel of it if he is lazy or careless and will try to make his jumps good and clean.
The directions given here for teaching high and broad jumping cover the fundamentals, but you wTill learn much for yourself by working with Jock, watching the tests at the shows, talking with judges and exhibitors and by studying the requirements as set down in the Kennel Club pamphlet already mentioned. A fairsized book might be written on training for obediencetest work alone. The suggestions I have offered will give both you and Jock a start in the right direction, however, and, if you happen to have a natural flair for training, you may even discover ways to modify and improve them.
Now for the next chapter and something a little more difficult teaching Jock to retrieve.